Texans happy with defensive line

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on August 13, 2011 at 3:04 PM

HOUSTON (AP) -- When the Houston Texans hired Wade Phillips as their new defensive coordinator in January, defensive tackle Shaun Cody wanted to know immediately what that meant for him.

The 6-foot-4, 304-pound Cody is expected to start at nose tackle this season, a pivotal position in Phillips' 3-4 scheme. Cody had plenty of questions about his new role, and Phillips reassured him that he was good enough -- and big enough -- to handle it.

Phillips likes what he's seen in training camp from Cody and backup Earl Mitchell. He's also looking for big years from first-round pick J.J. Watt and veteran Antonio Smith, projected as the Texans' starting defensive ends.

The first true test for the front, and Houston's entire rebuilt defense, comes in Monday night's preseason opener against the New York Jets.

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